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Hogan says Maryland is ready to deliver boosters to adults and vaccines to children

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the state is ready to deliver COVID-19 booster shots to eligible adults and vaccines to children once they’re approved.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the state is ready to deliver COVID-19 booster shots to the nearly 1.4 million Marylanders who are eligible for one, and it is preparing Pfizer doses for the 515,000 children who could soon become eligible for their first vaccine.

“We have both the supply and capacity to provide a booster to anyone who needs one,” Hogan said during a news conference Monday.

He added that people can mix and match booster shots, per recent guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention that people can choose among the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, regardless of which one they originally received.

“This is a very important step, something that we’ve been pushing for and that state officials have been preparing for over the last several months,” Hogan said.

The governor said there is a new online portal where residents can find out if they’re eligible for boosters and where they can go to get one.

Hogan also said that Maryland will be ready to administer vaccines to the 515,000 Maryland children who would become immediately eligible for them if they receive emergency use authorization as expected.

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A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is set to meet Tuesday to discuss Pfizer-BioNTech’s request to allow their lower-dose coronavirus vaccine to be administered to 5- to 11-year-olds.

On Monday, Moderna also released interim data that its vaccine produces a strong immune response in children ages 6 to 11.

Hogan said he anticipates the CDC will approve the Pfizer vaccine for children as early as next week, noting that health officials in Maryland have started placing orders for an initial 180,000 Pfizer doses for children.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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